Temperatures may not have dropped enough to pull out your fall wardrobe, but the calendar insists on saying goodbye to summer. Transition to fall by darkening your nails with the hottest fall nail polish shades: black and oxblood.

Do the prep work

A key part of wearing dark polish is prepping your nails correctly. Deep colors can highlight flaws in a lazy polish job, so start with neat cuticles and scrubbed, well-shaped nails. For truly dramatic nails, length that tapers to a point will certainly turn heads. A simple, fingertip-length nail, shaped in a rounded square is stunning in fall's dark shades while still being practical.

The newest reds

Oxblood is deeper than maroon and warmer than popular violet-tinged polishes, with the sexy allure of red nails. Dancing on the color wheel between burgundy and crimson, oxblood will bring out your inner vamp and convince your fingertips to have a little bit of fun this fall.

Fall nail polish trends: Newest reds

  1. Zoya Nail Polish in Norra is an oxblood with a slight shimmer (Zoya.com, $8). Zoya polishes are free of five major chemical components present in many polishes, making them a vegan-friendly, low-chemical choice for polish fanatics.
  2. Haute Couture Red is L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish's version of oxblood, offering a dark sheen for your fingers (Amazon, $2).
  3. If you're ready to splurge a bit on this dramatic nail polish trend, try Chanel's LE VERNIS Nail Color in Rouge Noir (Chanel.com, $27). The limited-edition shade is a high-sheen gloss in the perfect shade of oxblood.

The allure of midnight nails

Black nail polish brings a slight rocker edge to even the most basic wardrobe. Black nails can be an exclamation point for a statement outfit on a night out or an edgy surprise when paired with your boyfriend jeans at school pick-up.

Fall nail trends- midnight nails

  1. Over the Edge from Essie is a graphite, metallic hue (Amazon, $3). Essie's chip-resistant formula is crucial for a midnight manicure, where chips are more obvious than with lighter shades.
  2. China Glaze Nail Polish in Black Diamond boasts extra-strong polish without DBP, toluene or added formaldehyde (Amazon, $6). This charcoal shade has a bit of shimmer.
  3. LA LAQUE COUTURE Nail Lacquer in Noir Primitif offers a beautifully glossy polish in the deepest of blacks (Sephora, $25). The Yves Saint Laurent polish has a custom-designed brush that promises a smooth, flawless application.

^ Butter London Matte Finish Shine Free topcoat polishFor an added statement

Add even more drama to this fall's hottest nail polish shades with butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat (Amazon, $18). This little bottle with a long name will transform any color, in any finish, into a matte polish.

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